These expert groups have been disbanded.
Over the last few years, education, training and knowledge management in nuclear science and technology have been very high priority, topical issues for the international community, notably in the context of a prospective nuclear renaissance. There is great concern that skilled manpower in sufficient quantities, as well as adequate infrastructures for collecting and disseminating information will not be available.
The Ad hoc Expert Group on the Economics of Long-term Operation of Nuclear Power Plants is responsible for studying the economics of upgrading and long-term operation of nuclear power plants, for further development of nuclear development programs in NEA member countries.
Decommissioning activities are clearly set to increase internationally, giving rise to a sizeable market, growing in business and competition. Meanwhile, ongoing decommissioning work continue at a sustained rate in the numerous legacy sites. It is thus clear that the challenges faced by the industry in relation to decommissioning are significant, spanning technical, political, financial, social and environmental issues, and raising questions over the adequacy of the necessary expertise and infrastructure, as well as the ability to finance the costs.